Over the summer months of 2012 we worked on a lovely project to develop a Nectar Garden at the Mark Fitzpatrick Nature reserve in Camden. The reserve is former railway siding land and was saved over 20 years ago from development by a dedicated group of local residents. Nina and Penny have been involved with the reserve since 2009 when we started a Forest School project there.
The Nectar Garden project was funded by the Thornton’s Budgens Pennies for Plastic fund. Penny worked with a group of adults with mental health issues referred by Camden Adult social services as well as other local residents who volunteer on the site. Working on the garden once a week meant that we were able transform a sunny but now overground former herb garden into a flourishing Nectar garden with a wonderful supply of nectar and pollen rich nectar plants to help support the local bee and insect population.
Working in the soil turned up lots of broken china pieces, these were incorporated into a mosaic sign for the garden which will be installed in the Spring.
Also coming up in Spring, we still have some money left over to construct a Cob oven on the site. Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer to help with this hands-on green building technique!
Background on the Nature Reserve:
The site has evolved over the years, creating varied habitats such as
mini meadows and woodland, where a hedgehog was discovered this winter.
There is a pond with dipping platform and a raincatcher built by a group of
local architect students as part of their course. BTCV Green Gym work
on the site with volunteers creating woven fences and clearing areas for
planting. We have also had youth offender groups doing community service.
While it is not regularly open to the public, it is available to groups to visit. The site is regularly maintained by a small group of local people who volunteer on the first Sunday of every month, as well as Camden Green Gym sessions. If you are interested why not come along to a session. The site is sometimes referred to as Mortimer Terrace Nature Reserve, however it’s called the Mark Fitzpatrick Nature Reserve in memory of the landowner.
The location of the nature reserve can be seen at this Google map, link below